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#285 of 1242 Re: 2005 Pathfinder Radiator & Trans Issue [mtcamara]
Apr 08, 2010 (3:36 am)
Congratulations !!! That is amazing....I spoke to a number of people at Nissan NA and I got no where. I can not even get them to fix my fuel gauge that was recalled on most not all 2006 Pathfinders and mine was broken. I decided to invest in an extended warranty for 24 months or 24,000 for $2500. I will continue to drive my truck until tranny competely gives up. When I purchased the warranty I went to a different dealer that had no idea I was having issues. Good Luck
#286 of 1242 Nissan Pathfinder Transmission/Radiater Issues
Apr 09, 2010 (4:22 pm)
2005 Nissan Pathfinder Off-Road *New Transmission AND Radiator?
R U KIDDING ME?
It figures > 1 payment left and just about to hit 100,000 and WHAM!!! Maybe buying a first year new car design wasn't the best idea. Can someone explain how water from the radiator can get into the transmission? And if $5,600 is the most "cost effective" I would HATE to see what isn't. Can you say Maybe NISSAN will react to a class action lawsuit?
#287 of 1242 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Transmission/Radiater Issues [audham]
Apr 09, 2010 (8:38 pm)
Call Nissan North America and be forceful. Forget the mileage. It's their error.
The coolant leaks through the trans cooler into the tran. And the trans fluid follows the reverse path to the radiator. Repairs can run between $5000 and 7000 without Nissan's intervention. I just contacted one of the local Tv stations' News Dept. and told them about the problem and thatn there should be a recall.
Here's the e-mail. Maybe you can use some of it to contact your local Tv station.
Nissan is trying to ignore and cover up an important problem with their 2005 Pathfinders (could also be some 2006's involved).
They got a bad batch of radiators,installed them during assembly, and the result has been leaking of coolant from the radiator to the transmission and corresponding leakage of tran fluid in to the radiator, rendering both and all possibly, delivery components (hoses) damaged. The first sign of this problem is a vibration in the rear of the vehicle, especially on the highway. The end result could be radiator and/or transmission failure. There are over 26 pages of complaints and stories on Edmunds.com -Nissan Transmission problems (here's a sample)) http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com/WebX/.f177b6c?displayRecent.
The out-of-warranty repair costs between $5000 and $7000. Some disreputable dealers (as described on the Edmunds site) replace other parts and milk their customers.
I had the problem. I had felt the vibration. Because of my background with cars, I suspected it was the transmission. Coincidentally, I went to my dealer, Hackensack Nissan, for a cooling system service. Upon completion, they told me that they found trans fluid in my radiator while they were doing the service. I called Pat Barrett Transmission (who I use for various repairs) and they told me about the extent of the problem and told me to have the trans and radiator replaced along with the hoses if needed. They also said that my trans should be covered under the vehicles Power Train Warranty.
I went back to Hackensack Nissan who said they would work with me on the problem. I then called Nissan North America. Initially, Nissan said that the trans, but not the radiator was covered by the warranty. I told them that there was a synergistic effect present. The leaking radiator caused the trans and radiator problems. After several phone calls, they said thet they would replace both parts, but I would have to pay $450 - half of the dealers labor charge from Nissan. I also would get the money back if there was an official recall on the problem. I agreed to the settlement, since there was no better alternative. Hackensack Nissan was agreeable all the way and did a careful and excellent job replacing the parts, testing the vehicle and returning it to me. The entire process took about 2 weeks from diagnosis, only because I was relentless. I have to add that a big factor in Nissan N.A.'s decision was that I only had 39,000 miles on the vehicle. I have to commend Hackensack Nissan and Pat Barrett Transmission for their help in resolving my problem.
As noted in The Edmunds Forum, there are many customers who have not faired as well. It seems that mileage is an important factor in Nissan's decision. And even then, they have held back from helping customers on this and other issues such as fuel guage malfunction,etc.
If you read any or all of the pages relating to this topic on The Edmunds Forum, you will see an underlying or maybe overt reluctance on Nissan's part to correct this problem. Once again, an auto manufacturer is hiding its head in the sand hoping to not get caught and have to spend millions to right a problem. So much for "Good Will."
Thanks for your time.
#288 of 1242 Re: Another 2005 Pathfinder needing a new trans and radiator [dbussell78]
Apr 10, 2010 (8:07 pm)
Does anybody have any VIN nymber correlation to the Transmission problems? I have an '05 manuf. in 3/05. I replaced my rear ujoint at about 80,000 miles and thought that was odd. Then I got to digging around on the internet and I cant help but think that the reason it went bad is because of water in tranny.....Not sure though. Everything else seems ok.....Should I bypass that cooler and add an aftermarket one? I feel like I am going to vommit.....
#289 of 1242 Re: Another 2005 Pathfinder needing a new trans and radiator [gilldawg79]
Apr 10, 2010 (8:34 pm)
your pathfinder has two trans coolers. you can reverse the hoses on one which acts as a bypass. If you live in NJ, Pat Barrett transmissions in westood can do it. they are the best. honest and skillful;or find a knowledgeable dealer/mechanic that understands the hookups and can do the job. good luck
#290 of 1242 IS THERE SAME RADIATOR PROBLEM WITH A EARLYER MODEL
Apr 11, 2010 (12:14 am)
SHOULD AN EARLYER MODEL HAVE THIS PROBLEM, THIS TRANNY REPLACEMENT PROBLEM IS GOT ME UP IN ARM'S, DOES THIS HAPPEN ON A 2001 THROUGH A 2004? PATHFINDER,
#291 of 1242 check recent postings
Apr 11, 2010 (5:47 am)
someone mentioned that they had trans problem on 2003.
#292 of 1242 Re: Another 2005 Pathfinder needing a new trans and radiator [stacy20]
Apr 12, 2010 (3:36 pm)
Our 2005 Pathfinder is also at Nissan in their service shop "waiting" for disposition from NISSAN NA since 4/6/2010. Would you be willing to share your dealer name and location?
I hope so :]
Waiting patiently in SoCal
Apr 12, 2010 (4:07 pm)
Well my advice would be to try for the service shop to honor a warranty on the trans through Nissan and then you pay for the radiator. Apparently this is the unofficial way they are dealing with the problem here in PR. The way I see it is that I pay for about $400 on a new radiator and save $3,000+ on the trans., legal fees,etc. The dealership would probably not help as much. Good Luck! I do not expect to have my car for the next 3 weeks! ">
#294 of 1242 Re: Another 2005 Pathfinder needing a new trans and radiator [audham]
Apr 12, 2010 (5:18 pm)
dealer Hackensack Nissan, Hackensack NJ